There is no such thing as the “best” mechanical keyboard. You can find many of our favorites—mechanical or otherwise—in our Best Keyboards guide that suit various needs. These are great for people who just want something that works and feels great. However, the keyboard is the most direct interface between us and our computers, and because of that, it should be the most personalized. Not the most efficient, nor the “best” in any way. Find a keyboard you love and that speaks to you, and I can say almost for sure that you’ll be happier for it.
But getting into the world of mechanical keyboards can be overwhelming. Between switch types, mounting methods, materials, and the countless supporting modifications you can do, there’s a lot to consider when putting your first keyboard together. Treat it like a hobby! And with the right knowledge, it’s not too difficult to build a keyboard that fits your exact needs. Here, I break down the terminology you’ll come across and what it all means.
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